Lasagna was a staple in my house growing up. I remember getting excited because there would always be leftover noodles. Those noodles were the highlight of lasagna creation for me. I would patiently watch my mother make her sauce, cook the noodles and cook the beef followed by the process of going layer by layer in the cake pan. I would watch her hand grab noodle after noodle as I secretly hoped there would be pieces and extras.
My mother never failed me. No matter how big or small of a pan she made, we always had leftover pieces and a few broken strands.
Once the lasagna had hit the oven, I hit the noodle bowl. Mom knew it would take a little bit for the cheese to melt and all the ingredients to warm since they had ample cooling time in production. We would sit together and grab those remaining noodles and put a little dab of sour cream on them, roll them up and enjoy our snack.
Now, I’ve got my family doing the same thing.
But sometimes things get a little silly and this happens.
Lasagna day is something Mr. Yum and kiddo look forward to. I enjoy it because it is a meal we can all take part in creating.
I start with some of my canned tomato to make homemade sauce.
Followed by some ground hamburger with added spices and seasonings. Sometimes I use ground pork and sometimes I use Italian sausage. It just depends on what I find on sale.
While the meat is cooking I boil the noodles.
Once both are complete we start the process of taking our turns building the lasagna. Normally I use a cake pan, but end up leftovers. We can only eat so many leftovers. So, usually the whole last row or a few pieces go to the trash. I hate to put food in the trash. So, this time I used a smaller pan. I’ve tried freezing leftover lasagna, which does work, but if you don’t thaw/prepare it just right you will end up with mush for noodles. Not fun.
For this recipe I used reduced fat sour cream and mozzarella cheese. I have used Italian blend cheese and it tastes just as good. I have also swapped sour cream for cottage cheese or ricotta and I prefer the flavor of sour cream. I think it is because that is how my mom made it. I love cottage cheese but not a fan of the curds in my pasta. I also like ricotta but it has a different texture and I feel it takes away from the overall flavor of the dish. But, that’s just me. The beauty about family lasagna is that you create it to suit your family!
Since the ingredients are precooked, all I do is warm my oven to about 350-400 (for larger pans) and just wait for the cheese to melt and the middle to warm.
With the smaller pan we have some leftovers for the next days lunch and that’s it! Everyone gets to enjoy our wonderful meal without worrying about getting sick of leftovers or mushy noodles.
Bring the Family Together Lasagna
- 1 box lasagna noodles
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp parsley
- 1 quart jar homemade canned tomatoes or your preferred jarred sauce
- 1 cup water boiled
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 bag shredded mozzarella
- 1 container reduced fat sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350.
- If you are making homemade sauce using canned tomatoes I had 1 quart jar to a food processor. I add some Italian seasoning like oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and parsley to the mix. I blend and add to a medium size sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Boil one cup of water and add the cornstarch. Use a fork to mix. Add to the boiling sauce and whisk. The cornstarch will thicken the sauce.
- In a large stock pot, fill almost to the top with water and bring to a boil.
- While you are waiting for the water to boil, in a skillet add your ground beef and seasonings.
- Continue stirring the beef so that it is minced into small pieces.
- Once your water boils, turn down the heat a little and add your noodles.
- Cook according to directions.
- Once beef is done, set aside.
- Once noodles are done, drain and set aside.
- Using your preferred baking dish, be sure to grease it if its not stick.
- Starting with the bottom layer add noodles.
- Then sour cream.
- Then sauce.
Do you have a favorite meal that the whole family contributes to?
My grandparents anniversary was Christmas Eve and we would always eat lasagna with them that night after church. My grandpa passed away a few years ago, but we still get together after church on Christmas Eve for lasagna. This just totally brought back those memories. 🙂
What a great memory and I love that you still carry on the tradition!
you can bring my family together, we’ll be over about 6? heee!! looks delish. i can’t wait for fall foods!
Sure, come on over!
Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy says
This looks very tasty. There’s nothing better for dinner than a nice tray of lasagna.
we love lasagna. it’s one of those meals that I make two if I’m gonna go through the trouble
I used to do that and we would freeze one. Last few times I did, the noodles got mushy. Not sure if it was the brand of noodles or what. Made me a little scared to do so again.
Mary O'Malley says
I absolutely love lasagna! I guess you could say I’m like Garfield.
Nothing’s better than a cheesy, gooey tray of lasagna. It’s one of my favorite things to make for the family.
This looks like a delicious lasagna. There’s nothing that gets the family together like good food.
aimee fauci says
I love lasagna! Yours looks fabulous. My husband has an amazing recipe that makes the pan weigh around 20 pounds!
Pure Grace Farms says
Stopping to pin your fabulous recipe and invite you to come by and share at Foodie Fridays going on now. Hope to see you there.
I need to set up an alert or better yet make a spreadsheet of all these wonderful link parties! I keep forgetting! 🙁
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says
We love lasagna but I don’t make it very often. I love that it makes so much and we can eat it for a few days.
Amber Conaway says
I love lasagna! I haven’t made it in forever, but can’t wait to now! Especially once the fall crisp air hits! I will try this recipe! Thanks for posting!
I love a good Lasagna! You make it look so simple and fun!
Anne (@notasupermom) says
I think lasagna is my kids favorite thing. We had it last night! I still might make it again soon, because we really love it.
Oh that looks so delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I am always down for a new lasagna recipe.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
My two little fruitcakes don’t like lasagna at all. Can you even imagine such a thing? So since they won’t touch it (they love pasta with sauce, btw), I don’t make it much. I am hoping when they get older, they will realize it’s just a different form of what they already eat. Ugh!
Robin what is wrong with them??? (LOL) I didn’t start making it until kiddo was just a little older and we made it fun. She realized it tasted just like baked spaghetti and was hooked.
Shasta Walton says
So funny, my kids just asked me to make lasagna two days ago. Looks like I have a recipe now! Thanks!
This looks delicious and pretty easy. My family loves lasagna! I love that it doesn’t have to bake as long as some recipes!
Janel (A Mom's Take) says
That looks really good. My family likes when I make lasagna, because they like to help me.
When we make pizza the kids help – they love tossing flour around at each other. They’re also great when when we bake – they love to be little chefs!
Jenn @TheRebelChick says
You can never go wrong with lasagna! Your recipe sounds delicious!
Janell Poulette says
This looks yummy. My kids are a little too little to help but I let them help sometimes.
I love lasagna, it’s so delicious. Thank you for the recipe!
Everyone comes to the table when I make lasagna. That’s a huge hit here too. 🙂
Krystal's Kitsch says
The Italian in me can’t say no to pasta! This looks awesome.
Debbie Denny says
I used to make Lasagna all the time. I need to make this .
Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
Lasagna is a great comfort, family food! I love seeing how other families prepare theirs differently than ours.
Susanna @Zealous Mom says
We love homemade lasagna around here. I have a really great recipe, but I may have to try this one for comparison.
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Lasagna is one of my favorites! I could eat it every week!
We all love lasagna It’s one thing we can all easily agree on!
I love lasagna. This seems like a recipe I can follow.
The family really comes together for pizza night. The kids love adding the toppings
Since we only have kiddo on weekends, pizza night is usually done during the week. Husband works 12 hr shifts at a hospital and by the time hes home for dinner I need something quick to feed him.
I love lasagna! This is a great recipe so I am going to use it the next time I make lasagna.
I hope you like it Tracey.